West-ography, re-imaging the West consists primarily of photographs documenting how the American west has been imaged historically and over the years. Initially, photographs include landscape photography and portraits of Native Americans – as the collection grows portraits of pioneers and other documentary photographs such as photographs from various Western fiestas and/or pageantry will be added.
Currently, the collection includes select Edward S. Curtis photogravures from his The North American Indian: being a series of volumes picturing and describing the Indians of the United States, and Alaska numbered plate portfolios and boxes 1 and 4 from the Charles Lummis photograph collection which cover the American southwest and California.
Future plans include adding photographs from the Marion Parks Papers and a variety of other materials from Special Collections, Claremont Colleges Library which contain Western imagery. Parks’ photographs include "La Fiesta de Los Angeles"- which was an annual “celebration of Southern California and the Southwest” in the 1890s and other historical pageants/events in Los Angeles. Though the initial focus is on photographs, it is hoped other "imaging" media such as video files, audio files, and ephemera will also be added to this collection.
This collection is a "work in progress" so please check back regularly.